As the recipient of a Teacher Incentive Fund 4 (TIF) grant, it has been our distinct pleasure and honor to work with Dr. Sara Kraemer for technical assistance. Specifically, Dr. Kraemer’s knowledge and insight in the areas of Human Capital Management Systems, Data Integrity, Project Management, and Educator Evaluation Systems have been invaluable to the success of our project. Dr. Kraemer’s thoughtful approach, realistic understanding, and ability to personalize information to specific circumstances are just a few of her tremendous assets.

— Ronda Bourn, Assitant Director of Instruction, School Programs, The North East Florida Educational Consortium

Educator Effectiveness and Human Capital Management Systems

Our approach to educator effectiveness and K-12 program evaluation is highly teacher-centric and we continuously work to ensure our work reflects goals of equity, fairness, and rigor. Further, educator effectiveness systems are only as useful as the critical educator workforce decisions they support. In human capital management systems (HCMS) practice area, we use evidence-based methods to assess, prioritize, align, and design a coherent HCMS system with educator effectiveness at the center. The HCMS approach is educator-driven and supports teachers in the successful progression of their career and professional learning.

Dr. Kraemer has over 8 years of national experience working with districts implementing educator and human capital management systems as a technical assistance provider in the U.S. Department of Education Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 1-4 Programs. In this role she assisted districts and state agencies n developing and implementing high-quality, educator-driven evaluation systems.

Outgrowths of the TIF experience and expertise has included surveys and other tools to assess districts' evaluation systems, expert witness experience to support district-teacher union disputes, and a compelling framework to articulate the benefits as well as the pitfalls of implementing educator evaluation systems. 

Technical expertise areas:

  1. Growth models and value-added systems.

  2. Alternative compensation models.

  3. Observational measures and rubrics.

  4. Combining measurement models to produce an overall evaluation score.

  5. Communication and stakeholder engagement (e.g., teachers, unions, community, administrators, media).

  6. Requirements for data quality, data systems, data warehouses, student-teacher linkages.

  7. Project management and organizational design.

  8. Process design for observational systems and best practices for high quality feedback.

  9. Design of a holistic and coherent HCMS system to support decision making in recruitment, hiring, placement, induction, mentoring, continuous professional learning, tenure, and compensation.